It’s now officially pencilled in the calendar. Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed despite interest from venues in Cardiff, Dubai, and Nigeria; Las Vegas has been preselected to host the venue for the much-awaited rematch between these Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klistschko.
The final details are being grinded out with MGM and the T-Mobile Arena in the running, according to Hearn.
Joshua has been pictured seemingly enjoying himself outside the Mayweather Boxing Club along with a host of other places. Excited at the proposal for a stateside rematch, Hearn states, “The amount of British fight fans that would travel there, it will be a momentous occasion and one that we will savour for a long time, so fingers crossed it’s a party in Las Vegas on November 11.”
Showtime’s chief in command, Stephen Espinosa has also gone public in support of the Las Vegas venue, echoing the comments made by Hearn stating his belief that the event would be significant in stature if held in Las Vegas.
In fact, he went a step further with his comment: “It is no secret we’ve been salivating about getting him over here, and certainly that would be a phenomenal fight.”
In April of this year, in front of 90,000 fans in Wembley Arena, Klitschko was beaten by Joshua, who claimed victory in dramatic fashion when the fight was stopped during the 11th round.
After this, people in the US sat up and paid attention to Anthony Joshua. “That’s a massive mega-fight wherever it is. The first fight was a star-making performance, and for many here in the US, it was their introduction to Anthony Joshua.” Stated Espinoza.
A spokesman for MGM capital believes the return fight belongs in the US.
With the Mayweather-McGregor fight taking place in late August, and Alvarez-Golovkin scheduled for September, there would be no shortage of support for the venue hosting this epic rematch in November.
Keep your eyes peeled for the confirmation!